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The development of the oil palm plantation industry in Indonesia has always led to increasing community earning, increasing Government revenue, creating new jobs, escalating productivity and competitiveness, fulfilling local consumption, providing feed stock for industry, and supporting the new development area; as well as to optimize the management of natural resources in sustainable ways.

The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil System (ISPO) is a policy developed by the Indonesian Government in order to make palm oil production sustainable in compliance with Indonesian laws and regulations. The Ministry of Agriculture aims to improve the competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil in world markets and to meet the President of the Republic of Indonesia’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and address environmental problems at hand.

ISPO Implementation will be done by holding fast to the principles of coaching, advocacy and guidance to oil palm plantations, which is the task of the government. Therefore the first phase of certification is ISPO classification. This classification is in accordance with the Regulation of the Ministry of Agriculture 07 Year 2009 based on Guidelines for Assessment of Plantation Enterprises. The certification is the demands of international trade conducted according to international regulations which, among others, meet International Standards Organization (ISO). The Ministry of Agriculture will carry out assessments for ISPO certification in a transparent and independent process.

Please see graphic below for ISPO Certification Process:

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The objectives of ISPO are:

  1. To position the development of the oil palm industry as an integral part of the Indonesian economy
  2. To challenge global requirements and to increase competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil in the global market
  3. To support the Indonesian’s commitment in reducing green house gas emission
  4. To support the Indonesian’s commitment in sustainable natural resources and protection/improvement of the environment

The implementation of ISPO is mandatory according to the Regulation of the Ministry of Agriculture No. 19/Permentan/OT.140/3/2011. All palm oil companies and planters in Indonesia must implement ISPO by December 2014.

SGS as the world’s leading company in inspection, verification, testing and certification is an accredited Certification Body for ISPO Certification by ISPO Commission. We can offer integrated ISPO, Round Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) to our clients assisting them with added value and immense benefits from these certifications.